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Shared Water Challenges and Interests: The Case for Private Sector Engagement in Water Policy and Management
  • Shared Water Challenges and Interests: The Case for Private Sector Engagement in Water Policy and Management
  • United Nations Global Compact. June 2014
  • The focus of this discussion paper are those companies that engage externally to address water risks through a variety of means (often as a collective action with NGOs, government agencies, other businesses, etc). This paper acknowledges the real threat of corporate policy capture and "greenwashing," as well as the inherent asymmetries in conceptions and realities of water risk. However, the paper argues that current conditions actually offer a much greater incentive for companies to align their water-related policies and practices with the public interest th...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Capacity building, Conflicts, Development cooperation, Participation, Risk management, Sustainable development, Water cooperation, Water governance, Water management, Water policy, Watersheds

Water Utility Asset Management: A guide for Development Practitioners
  • Water Utility Asset Management: A guide for Development Practitioners
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB). May 2014
  • This guide provides ADB's perspective on asset management, as well as an overview of the concept, processes, and systems of asset management, followed by a presentation of case studies about what utilities have done to manage their assets, including the results achieved. It focuses on medium-sized and large operators and discusses techniques that apply to situations where asset types and conditions vary widely and in-house engineering and financial skills exist. It aims to provide a brief overview of the concept, processes, and systems of asset management, in...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia, Global
  • Main themes: Financing, Risk management, Water management, Water operators

(The) Water-Food-Energy Nexus at FAO
  • (The) Water-Food-Energy Nexus at FAO
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). May 2014
  • This concept note is an analysis of the water-food-energy nexus starting with an explanation of what each focus area represents and how the complex interactions between all three can be managed. It asks "What is the added value of a nexus approach?" Followed by an exploration of the sustainability debate and the working areas of the water-food-energy nexus, through the following sub headings: A cross-sectoral and dynamic perspective; Is the concept of the Water-Food-Energy nexus just "some old wine in new bottles" or does it bring something new to the table? ...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Energy, Food security, Participation, Scenarios, Sustainable development, Water management

(The) State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2014: Opportunities and challenges
  • (The) State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2014: Opportunities and challenges
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). May 2014
  • This new edition of The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture highlights the significant role that fisheries and aquaculture play in eliminating hunger, promoting health and reducing poverty. This report is presented in four chapters, part 1 World review of fisheries and aquaculture, part 2 Selected issues in fisheries and aquaculture, part 3 Highlights of special studies and part 4 Meeting future fish demand: outlook and approaches.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Aquaculture, Climate change, Community management, Food security, Health, Poverty, Water management

Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation. 2014 update
  • Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation. 2014 update
  • WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation (JMP). May 2014
  • This Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation report evaluates access to drinking-water and sanitation worldwide and progress towards related targets under Millennium Development Goal 7 "to halve, by 2015, the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation". Section 1 presents the status of and trends in access to improved drinking water sources and sanitation. Section 2 provides a snapshot of inequalities in access to improved drinking water sources and sanitation. Section 3 presents efforts to strengthen...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Drinking water, Education, Equity, Hygiene, Information and data, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Monitoring, Open defecation, Post-2015 agenda, Rural areas, Sanitation, Urban areas

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Published in 2014